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Is Africa’s Underdevelopment a Powerful Hologram Induced by a Negative Propaganda?
Published by in Education · 4 July 2019
Tags: AfricaIdeasDevelopment
Propaganda, a word that should not only have a negative connotation, will always have an impact (good or bad) on people; history has proved it! As a result, the propagandist must always be careful about the kind of message he is conveying because propaganda is often repetitive so as to enforce a message (or an ideal) inside someone’s consciousness! This is why it is important to rethink Africa’s educational system so that African pupils, at an early age, receive positive messages and images about Africa’s past and a positive projection about Africa’s future.

Development is a fight against poverty. Yet, the poverty we must fight above all in Africa is mental poverty. This is why, thanks to social networks, among others, lots of Africans are waking up and awakening their fellow brothers and sisters with a new vision for the African continent. This vision is obviously positive, which explains why they insist on the fact that Africans have talent and that they should be trusted and valued as much as possible. The path towards development is not an easy one because a system composed of poor people will develop, at some point in time, at the expense of another one made of richer people. And the richest are quite sensitive about other people becoming like them. Is it not easier, for instance, to lend money to poor people (or poor countries) because the interest rates are higher due to the fact that they are unlikely to service the debt on time; and thus allow the rich to control their assets (natural resources)? The more the poor, the better for the rich.

It is true that financial loans (called ironically financial aid) can help finance certain projects. But not all projects must be financed by foreign lenders. Otherwise, the continent will remain trapped in this cycle which is impoverishing Africans. That’s why they must avoid being caught up in this vicious cycle of poverty! There are multiple solutions that can be carefully examined by a new generation of African leaders to get out of this trap, if they want to. Yet, “positive and pragmatic propaganda” could be one of those solutions. Why? Because propaganda, here, will insist on the fact that Africans can rely on themselves. It may appear quite trivial to say so, but it means a lot. It means freedom (liberty), creativity, new ideas, new paradigms, new horizons, new standards, etc. that will converge towards Africa’s interests.  

Africans must defend their interests and not be the victims, on their soil, of foreign nations’ interests. Africa’s natural resources are, therefore, considered “highly strategic interests” for these foreign nations. The propaganda, in Africa, should then instill, within the consciousness of the majority of African pupils and above, that Africa’s natural resources are "vital African strategic interests", and that they should always protect or defend their interests at all costs. The propaganda should also encourage Africans to be more and more creative or ingenious in order to find their own solutions to their problems. The propaganda should convey powerful messages that will kill the idea that Africa is financially poor; thus unable to finance her projects. Corruption and bad management are what make us believe that African countries must remain “financial beggars”. But this is a mirage, an illusion or a hologram that does not make sense due to Africa’s natural resources, and because there are African experts who can find out ways to mobilize and organize savings, among others, on the African continent.  

In rural Africa, and in the majority of cases, there is no access to electricity. Why? Because even in capital cities there are still power outages. Why? Because there are not enough units that can generate electricity for the entire population. Why? Because it is expensive to build, operate and transfer these units. Why? Well, we all know the reasons of these “why”; don’t we! So what would be one of the possible solutions to avoid asking “why”?

Just like in mathematics, several methods can lead to the correct answer, some methods being faster than others. This is where mental freedom becomes a key element of the solution because it allows you to think beyond the boundaries fixed by the dictators of science who think that they know it all and that nothing can defy certain theorems, formulas or laws so well established for centuries. There are wonderful Africans who already think beyond the limits fixed by conventional science who have, for instance, developed prototypes that can power rural areas thanks to oxygen from the air, trees, salted water, etc. When a prototype exists and works, it means that we can increase the scale at which it will have to operate. It takes courage, induced by mental freedom, to help such innovators or inventors in Africa.

African scientists cannot afford to waste their time to convince the rest of the world that they have solutions that can change their lives. African scientists do not need the approval of the international scientific community, but courage from political decision-makers so that they can help them apply and materialize their knowledge. And in the case of rural Africa, there is no need for communities to be connected and powered by a national grid. They need to be autonomous thanks to the groundbreaking and easy-to-maintain solutions discovered by African inventors and innovators. The latter, from an industrial and business perspective, will start small and grow. And their solutions will one day be operational in cities across Africa once they have been tested in rural areas. This is why we need more propagandists in Africa who will share these new ideas so that, where necessary, Africans create their own standards to fulfill their own needs first.

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